Bellefaire JCB matches caring adult volunteers with children and adolescents through two programs: Jewish Big Brother Big Sister Association and our Mentoring Program for Foster Youth. Both of these one-on-one mentoring programs help youth become self-sufficient, healthy and productive individuals.
You have the power to make a BIG difference with little effort - just by being you. By nature, children and teens look up to their mentors and yearn to follow in their footsteps. Being a role model and friend not only supports a youth who is facing adversities, it brings fulfillment and satisfaction to you.
Many children in our program have unresolved issues resulting from the loss of a parent or other changes at home. Others may have withdrawn from their friends and family, exhibit depression or have been reluctant to emotionally invest in relationships. Some are foster children faced with the challenges of re-starting their lives and feel isolated, detached and are struggling to succeed in school. No matter what the situation, a Big is a valuable role model who helps with homework, offers solutions to a problem, or is an ear to listen. As a role model, you will help your Little learn to build relationships, develop self-confidence and generally become a happier, stronger individual.
How the Program Works
We always have boys and girls on our waiting list and therefore have an ongoing need for big brothers and big sisters who are 21 and older.
When you are matched with a Little, we ask that you commit to getting together with your Little twice a month for a minimum of one year. We’re pretty confident that you will want your match to last much longer!
You have the option of where and how you spend your time with your Little and how much you choose to spend. Our Foster Care Mentoring Program is able to reimburse our mentors for activities. One-on-one time could be spent hiking and biking, playing catch, bowling, going to a movie, walking a dog, cooking or baking, going to the zoo, listening to music, or playing board or video games.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About BELLEFAIRE JEWISH CHILDRENS BUREAU
22001 FAIRMOUNT BLVD, SHAKER HTS, OH 44118, US
Bellefaire JCB is an innovative organization that provides exceptional care, education, and advocacy to enhance the emotional, physical and intellectual well-being of children, young adults, and families in the Jewish and general communities. In addition to providing direct services, Bellefaire JCB is committed to: - remaining on the forefront of the youth service and child caring fields, - responding to emerging needs, - building knowledge which contributes to service to children, youth, and their families, and - advocating on behalf of children, youth, and their families. Bellefaire JCB provides its services without regard to race, religion, sex or national origin, and encourages all clients to develop positive identification with their religious and ethnic backgrounds.
Bellefaire JCB is among the nation’s largest, most experienced child service agencies providing a variety of behavioral health, substance abuse, education and p ... revention services. Bellefaire JCB helps approximately 22,000 youth and their families yearly achieve resiliency, dignity and self-sufficiency through its more than 25 programs that include: * Outpatient Counseling * School-based Counseling * Prevention and Early Intervention (SAY - Social Advocates for Youth) * Homeless and Missing Youth Program * Domestic and International Adoption (Hague-accredited) * Foster Care * Residential Treatment including Crisis Stabilization, Drug and Alcohol Treatment, Transitional and Independent Living, and Autism Residential.
We are also home to JDN Early Childhood Center, Jewish Big Brother Big Sister and Monarch Center for Autism, which offers programs and services for ages 3 through adulthood.